Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Hotline Miami

The first time I saw Hotline Miami, specially the cover game, I felt it was kinda odd to see a image of a humanoid pig. Other pictures show also some humanoid chicken or an owl. I was, what kind of a game is this? Also static images suggested me at first some sort of a GTA game, but with no cars. Nevertheless, and due to an overall positive feedback to the title I decided to get it.

So, what's the game about? Well in a very short version, you are this sort of serial killer, hired by some enigmatic phone caller to carry out some killing. Each game level, will see you on a top view, carrying different sort of weapons to put away enemies in the most violent way possible (yeah the more bloodier, more bonus). It sounds basic enough and it is, but despite it and the fact that this game is a bit violent, it's also very fun and addicting. In each level you find yourself facing a greater number of enemies, and trying to dispose them. There are several different weapons to use, which gives different types of killing possible. Oh and the animal heads, are just a sort of mask we use, that gives a special bonus.
Another thing I enjoyed on the game, was the soundtrack. Some musics, are really entertaining while you play the game.
The game is not exactly that big. A good player will probably finish it in about 5 hours top. There is a bit of replayability, like getting all the game achievements (if Steam version), unlock all masks, get all weapons or complete the game puzzle.
In my opinion, the price tag of 8.5 euros, it's ok for what you get, but if you happen to find the game at some sale, or even indie bundle, I'd say go for it.

My rating would be 80/100.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Humble Bundle sets a new record thanks to EA

For those who do not know, Humble Bundle is probably one of the most notorious site available that features exceptional packs of indie games at some amazing prices. Many indie titles have been sold through Humble Bundle, like Amnesia, Super Meat Boy or Hotline Miami to name very few. There been other great packs, such as the THQ pack which featured some Red Faction games, Metro 2033 or more recently the Deep Silver bundle that features not so indie games like Saints Row III or Dead Island, plus others. These 2 last packs did quite nice sells too.

But the latest Humble Bundle package (which curiously is ending today), set a new record which I believe will be hard to topple unless they manage to bring some other big titles in. First and foremost, it's curious to see a site that usually features sales for indie games, offering a pack from no more nor less than EA. EA is not very popular among gamers, yet  for some reason this bundle as proven to be the opposite, striking with a remarkable sale value above 10 million dollars. Sure the bundle brings some extraordinary titles, like Battlefield 3 or Deadspace 1 and 3, or even Crysis 2 (or Sims 3 if that's your thing), but still since everyone seems to be hating EA it really is funny to see how well this bundle did.

In any case, and if it serves of any purpose, all the procedures this bundle makes will go straight to charity, all thanks to EA and us, who bought it. Of course EA will profit out of this. One will be the result in the year's end for taxes purpose, and also the fact that they will put their online gaming platform, Origin, with a few more thousands of users. Although this won't be a threat for Steam anywhere close.

I for one, did bought this bundle and I'm very pleased with it. I don't consider EA to be the big evil but I don't think they are doing God's job either. They are far from being the perfect company, but at least if sometimes there's something they that I like, I don't feel ashamed to support. And if by any reason they do something that displeases me, well I can always go elsewhere. At least I don't advocate evil in all EA doings... Anyways, if you got this bundle for what it gives you, that means, the games, then well done!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

PlayonLinux, I like it

On a previous post I went a long and discussed a bit how the gaming on Linux was at the moment. I've mentioned about Steam and WINE. But I missed something that was clearly as important, and a friend of mine pointed it to me.

PlayOnLinux, seems to be the next thing on Linux gaming.  But what is it?

From the website:

What is PlayOnLinux ?

PlayOnLinux is a piece of software which allows you to easily install and use numerous games and apps designed to run with Microsoft® Windows®.
Few games are compatible with GNU/Linux at the moment and it certainly is a factor preventing the migration to this system. PlayOnLinux brings a cost-free, accessible and efficient solution to this problem.

So, yeah, PlayOnLinux, is a software that allows users to easily install their Windows games on Linux. It does however uses WINE on the background, but saves all the hard work for rookie users (like me) of configuring every thing on it.

There's a fairly big list of games already supported and (someone heard my praying) lots of are supported on it.

The few three I've tried, two worked fine (mainly because they are already supported). They were all versions. One was Magic Carpet and the other one was Might and Magic 7. The first one was install and go, and the second one I needed to tweak something on setup of the game, but it worked fine too. The other title I tried, was Heroes of Might and Magic (the first). It did worked, but there are some issues with the shortcut, because when I tried to go back to it, I couldn't. But I assume it's easily fixed, just need to know how.

See here, Magic Carpet running.


This can be a great piece of software, for a rookie Linux user like me. At least it saves me the trouble of trying to configure WINE on every game I want to play (as long as it works on Linux of course), since it configures everything I need for me. 
Of course, if you want to get deeper on it, there are several options on it. From what I've understood, there are scripts associated with each game, so that's what the program executes to install what's needed for each game. And these scripts were created by different users, depending on the game they were working at.

For me it's already fine enough, it does what I need. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Gaming on Linux

Recently I found myself using Linux more and more often. While being a gamer at heart, and since most PC games are made for Windows, I wanted to give a go and see what could I do while using Linux. True that more and more developers, specially Indie developers, are making versions of their games to Linux, it still is a very short list while compared with Windows. For example, in Steam at the moment there are about 100 games (with Downloadable content in the counting) and most of them are little know titles for most audience, like World of Goo or Cave Story +. There are a few exceptions however, being the most notorious, Crusader Kings 2, Team Fortress 2 or X3: Albion Prelude. And even those, except for Team Fortress 2, most are regarded as not AAA titles.

However, and I guess due to Steam support over Linux games, and also because there has been a sudden increase on Indie games being produced, I believe the number of games on that platform for Linux will increase exponentially over the time.

Another platform, also boosts a considerable list of Linux games, Desura. This platforms hosts a big list of Indie games, and part of these titles also run on Linux. And there is a fair amount of users that request developers a port of their game to this system.

So, given that jargon, we can say that WINE allows Linux to run Windows games. It's not that easy though. You will have to run some configuration over WINE to allow the game to perform under Linux, and for the most of it, for a newbie Linux user like me, it's a bit complicated. There are several sites that go over this, and enough to read and learn about, so I guess if you are persistent, eventually it will pay off. For me, all I tried, I still managed to get one title running, and it was Guild Wars 1. But to be fair it didn't required any tweaking, it just run fine. I also tried Eve Online, but whenever I was about to actually log in the character, the game would just close.

A personal hope, is that in a near future, Good Old Games, would start supporting Linux. I dunno if that is possible, but they did recently start supporting Mac, so my hopes are high on this happening. 

Overall, I think gaming in Linux is still it's early infancy, however I think it's been on infancy for far too long, and it should start to grow a bit now. For a system and from my own knowledge I think Linux is far more stable and fast then Windows, but a bit obscure on the way it works. But since I'm a newbie in Linux I'm holding it.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Tremor Games, get Steam games while playing

I've heard of Tremor Games like 6 month ago. At the time it was a bit too "fishy" to be real. The idea behind it, is to play games (browser games), earn coins (the site currency) and eventually exchange that currency for actual Steam (or other platforms) games. 

I did create a account there and tried it for a bit. While it was interesting it never caught my eyes until like 2 months ago. Back when I first start getting coins was basically by daily logging and game playing (and completing trophies, sort of in-site achievements). However recently there been some nice changes with the inclusion of tasks (from, video watching from Virool or other offers from Supersonic Offers or Trialpay Offers. With these options users can do several different tasks, and gain coins to spend on games that are being sold by the Tremor Games shop. Note that these tasks and offers differ from country to country. On my country, offers are a bit scarce, but I think in countries like USA, the offers are a lot more.
I usually bet on either videos or the tasks from Crowdflowers, which has proven to be rewarding. I can say in the past month of March I was able to acquire the following titles:

- A Game of Dwarves

Update: List of games acquired is now vastly superior.

All this in a matter of two weeks.
I can also say that this month I already got a game for Desura, Dawnstar and Red Orchestra 2 GOTY for steam.
But there are plenty of other games in store. Darksiders 2, Skyrim, Kingdoms of Amalur, Hotline Miami, FTL, Farcry 3, Assassin's Creed games and many others.
Most of these games available, are source from active indie bundles, but Tremor Games also pays (with coins) to users who "sell" them Steam gifts of any game on Steam.

Talking about the games you can play on Tremor Games. Well mostly are the typical browser game, like a shooter, a tower defense game, or a card game, rpg titles that save progress (even one made on RPG Maker if I'm correct), interesting puzzle games that pull for your brain. It has a huge range of choices.
How you get coins while playing? Certain games, have a set number of achievements that once complete will earn you coins. Easy achievements earn you 5 coins, Medium 10, Hard 15 and Impossible 20. Most achievements, at least the Easy category are, surprisingly enough, easy to complete. Medium are also accessible, while the rest requires a bit more dedication/patience. Also, a curious note, there is a top list for Impossible achievement, so it's an extra bonus for those who try them.

Also there is, of course, a referral program active. If anyone is interested in being my referral just follow the following link:
Otherwise, you can go and register yourself at the site. Being referral is optional.

In any case, if you are a avid game collector like me, and at some given point you can't just afford every game, Tremor Games can be the perfect alternative. I can say, this site works.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Free Indie Games

Want free games? Look here. 5 games all free, ready for download. This is their second bundle, so make a bookmark of this site for future releases.

Recording with DosBox

Today I've been fiddling around recording some videos from Laser Squad game, with DosBox. End up uploading one over Youtube and here it is:

To those who don't know how to record videos on DosBox, the key combination for it is ctrl+alt+f5. Doing it a second time will stop recording. I'll post a bit of gameplay later on.